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Implementation of EU anti-tax avoidance directive

The bill of law to implement the provisions of the EU Directive 2016/1164 on anti-tax avoidance (ATAD) in Luxembourg law was made available on 20 June 2018. Subject to parliamentary approval, Luxembourg will introduce controlled foreign corporation (CFC), interest deduction limitation and anti-hybrid rules. It will also modify its existing general anti-abuse rule..

Portugal: Competition and the right to compensation for damages

Act 23/2018, establishing the legal framework on the right to compensation for damages from infringements of competition law, was published on 5 June 2018. This legislative act transposes into Portuguese law the Directive 2014/104/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 November 2014, which established common rules to all Member States on […]

Pimlico Plumbers: the self-employed v brand debate

By Paula Rome The widely reported decision in Pimlico Plumbers emphasises the risks of retaining control over staff. However, such control can be key to protecting an organisations’ brand and reputation in the marketplace. Where does this leave us? What does control mean?

What do employers need to know about whistleblowing policies?

By Antonia Blackwell In this instalment of our ‘Breaking Down the Handbook’ series, we look at whistleblowing policies, why they are needed, what they should contain and what traps employers need to avoid. What does whistleblowing mean?

I’m divorced, that’s it, right?

By Miranda Nairn There is a common misconception that once in possession of a decree absolute (the final decree dissolving a marriage), your divorce is done and dusted and you and your ex-spouse can walk off into the sunset, in opposite directions, never to see or hear from each other again. In fact, unless you […]

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Nabarros makes official entry into French market

Nabarro Nathanson has set up an affiliated law firm in Paris, marking its formal entry into the French market. But the firm will not operate under the Nabarros banner to comply with French Bar rules. Frank Lipworth, a Nabarros partner, has established the practice Cabinet Lipworth which will act as Nabarros’ exclusive correspondent in the […]

Top 10 cases of 1997

Ian Hammond puts forward his selection of last year’s crop of leading professional negligence cases. Ian Hammond is a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons. 1 National Home Loans Corporation v Giffen Couch & Archer Giffen Couch acted for borrower and lender in relation to a re-mortgage. Prior to completion, it discovered that the existing mortgagee […]

Osbornes departs "stone age'

Elizabeth Davidson reports Osborne Clarke is midway through a major overhaul of its IT systems which is designed to reflect its own position as a leading provider of IT law advice. Despite its reputation for the quality of its IT lawyers, the firm has, up until recently, been struggling with what it describes as “stone […]

Mishcons exodus as staff quit firm in Julius' wake

Defamation partner Simon Gallant, a litigation partner and three litigation assistants have joined the stream of resignations from Mishcon de Reya. Gallant will still work at the firm one day a week under a consultancy agreement and will spend four days a week as legal adviser and legal affairs director at the advertisers’ trade body, […]

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